Meet Gikomba artisan the first to win a house in Safaricom Maisha Ni Mpesa Tu promotion

It is said that when God decides to change your fate no man can alter that and that is the case of a Gikomba artisan who won the Safaricom Mpesa promo.

The man identified as James Njagi Waweru won in the Safaricom Mpesa Promo which was one was expected to win a fully furnished house worth KES. 14 Million.

To win this house and other prizes such as cash and airtime all one had to do was use Mpesa to buy or pay for services thus acquiring points in the process.


The father of one received keys to his apartment earlier Friday at ceremony held at the flat’s location in Kahawa West, Nairobi. He was accompanied by his wife, daughter, fellow traders and Safaricom staff.
Over the next six weeks, Safaricom will reward an additional six houses to six lucky customers, in addition to daily and weekly cash prizes to agents and customers.
James is among  a few Kenyans who have become house owners thanx to Safaricom among other people who have benefited from such promotions is Ali Mlemwa.
The young man (below)a boda boda rider from Mariakani Mombasa also won a 3 bedroom house in the Safaricom Mpesa  Promotion.
Ali Mlewa, his wife Peninnah Wilson, son Jabir Kiminza Ali and Safaricom’s Consumer Business Director, Sylvia Mulinge during the handover.

Here are photos of James Njagi the gikomba artisan and the house he won





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Kenyans To Pay More When Sending Money Via M-pesa

Safaricom has adjusted M-Pesa tariffs on the basis of Finance Bill, 2018 and the Provisional Collection of Taxes and Duties Act.

The government proposed a two per cent increase on the excise duty charged on service providers. Kenyans will now pay a 12 per cent excise duty on mobile money transactions, up from 10 per cent.

The telecommunications giant announced that the new tariffs are effective July 1.

The news charges are between Sh 1 and Sh3 higher.

Safaricom has limited the number of free transactions of below Sh100 to three per day. Thereafter, M-Pesa users will pay Sh1 for amounts between Sh1 and Sh49 and Sh2 for amounts between Sh50 and Sh100.

The maximum daily transaction value is Sh140,000 while the maximum amount per transaction is Sh70,000.

Safaricom further said that customers will not be able to withdraw less than Sh50 from agents.

“You cannot deposit money directly into another M-Pesa customer`s account at an agent outlet,” it added, as stated in the notice below.

The government tapped in the money transfer taxes when it read the Finance Bill – an annual money law that shows how the government will tax its citizens.

The taxing is part of measures to raise over Sh4 billion to fund Universal Health Care.


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A look inside Diamond Platnumz’ album launch event (Photos)

The much-anticipated Diamond Platnumz’ album launch went down at the Kenya National Theatre last night.

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Diamond Platnumz and Omarion on stage

The invites only party was attended by local artistes, media personalities, Wasafi crew, Diamond Platnumz’ mother, sister Esma and American rapper Omarion.

In case you were not invited, here are the photos of those who attended, go through and vote for the best dressed


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Diamond Platnumz’ mother during his album launch


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Harmonize at Diamond Platnumz’ album launch


Maina Kageni on stage during Diamond Platnumz’ album launch


Diamond Platnumz' album launch
Starehe MP Jaguar


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Classic 105’s Mike Mondo with a friend at Diamond Platnumz’ album launch


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Local artistes


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Diamond Platnumz on stage during his album launch


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L-R: Kriss Darlin, Timmy Tdat and hair stylist Eric


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Diamond Platnumz' album launch
Elani Kenya


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DJ Sadiq


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Diamond Platnumz' album launch
Wasafi crew with Diamond Platnumz’ family


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Diamond Platnumz' album launch


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Diamond Platnumz and his mother


Diamond Platnumz' album launch
Bahati with Eric

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore Finally Ties The Knot (Photos)

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer, Bob Collymore walked down the aisle to say ‘I do’ to the love of his life, Wambui Kamiru this weekend.

The elegant wedding was an invite-only affair that saw the who’s who attend it like media personalities Jeff Koinange and Caroline Mutoko and Radio Africa’s CEO Patrick Quarco, amongst others.

Wambui Kamiru is an artist and an art enthusiast, who’s the founder of The Art Space, an independent visual art space that comprises of a commercial gallery and alternative show spaces, located at Riverside.














Safaricom warns of network disruptions during Obama visit

Mobile service provider Safaricom has warned that there will be network disruptions during the three-day visit by U.S President Barrack Obama in Nairobi.

Safaricom quoted on their website that they had received queries from subscribers who are concerned that the network operations will be affected during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. They are assuring Safaricom users that they will ensure there are minimal disruptions.

“In this particular case, we have conducted key network optimization in certain locations where summit attendees will be located. In addition, we have upgraded our fixed data capacity to facilitate live streaming as the visit is of international interest,” Safaricom says.

The disruptions could start tomorrow afternoon, and will depend on the location of President Obama and other delegates of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

“We recognize the fact that as the most protected individual in the world, there will be some security measures undertaken by his team which could include the temporary disruption of mobile signals close to where the President is at any given time. These interruptions will be intermittent,” they conclude.

Accumulated talk-time, data, SMSs will not be lost, Safaricom now says

Safaricom has clarified that subscribers on the Karibu PostPay tariff with accumulated talk-time, data bundles and text messages will not lose them once the validity period takes effect on May 1, 2015.

General Manager for Consumer Business Sylvia Mulinge said that current subscribers with accumulated resources will not be subject to the validity period until they finish their extras.

“However, beginning May 1, 2015, all resources purchased under the Karibu PostPay Tariff will be subject to the existing terms and conditions which state that any unused minutes, SMS or data on the subscribers chosen Price Plan bundle will expire at the end of each month and will not be rolled over into the next month,” Mulinge said.

An earlier announcement by the service provider that subscribers will lose all accumulated resources caused a stir online with users decrying the loss of minutes, data bundles and text messages.

In May 2014, Safaricom had announced plans to terminate the Karibu PostPay tariff with over 140,000 users on May 26 this year owing to lack of profits in maintaining the service.

NTSA Launches “Save 1000 Lives” Initiative

The National Roads Safety Authority(NTSA) in conjunction with National Road Safety Trust have launched an initiative dubbed, “Save 1000 lives” that hopes to reduce road fatalities by 1,000 in the next two years.

According to a startling report by the roads authority Kenya, loses almost 3000 people from road carnage with the majority being pedestrians.

In 2014, the report shows 1340 pedestrians perished from road accidents, 268 drivers, 642 passengers, 162p/passengers, 104 p/cyclists and 391 motorcyclists.

The reasons for the high number of deaths include high-speed traffic, reduced enforcement during these times, pedestrians crossing at undesignated areas and drunk driving.

According to WHO road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young people between 15-29years.

Announcing the initiative on Thursday Bob Collymore, the founding trustee of the national safety trust said, “Working with the NTSA, we would like to introduce a macro strategy that is aligned with the national government, continental and global priorities in road safety.”

WHO set aside a decade of action for road safety in 2011 with a focus on pedestrians and hope it will be achieved by 2020.

The Safaricom International Jazz Festival in photos

The Safaricom Jazz festival is one of the biggest events of the year and this year’s was not any different. According to the Safaricom Jazz website the festival was an exciting one week multi-venue music and cultural event set to showcase the best in emerging and acclaimed talent in Africa and beyond with the final concert culminating at Ngong Race Course.

Jonathan Butler (you can listen to his interview HERE when he visited our studios) was headlining this year’s amazing festival among other great acts including saxophonist Soweto Kinch, Belgian act Rhythm Junks, Eddie Grey, Kunle Ayo, The Aaron Rimbui Quintet, Jimmy Dludlu, The Nile Project, Richard Bona and Yuval Cohen.

Celebrities turned up in numbers including the Elani ladies, Jimmy Gathu, Mumbi Kaigwa and Juliani who was teaching Safaricom CEO, BobCollymore a few moves. In case you missed it check out the photos below;

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Photos courtesy; Events N Camera Facebook


Jazz legend Jonathan Butler sits in for Mwalimu King’ang’i

Jonathan butler began his musical journey at age 7, he won his first new comer award when he was 12 and is one of Africa’s greatest jazz legends. Jonathan who is in kenya for the Safaricom International Jazz Festival will perform at the Ngong Racecourse on Sunday February 22nd alongside other local artistes among them the Swahili Jazz Band led by Juma Tutu. Butler, a renown singer-songwriter and guitarist, has 22 albums under his belt.

His albums include Introducing Jonathan Butler, Inspirations, 7th Avenue, Deliverance, Heal Our Land, Surrender, Worship Project and his latest Living my Dream released last year. He previously performed in Kenya in 2010.

In his interview this morning with Maina Kageni, Jonathantalks passionately about his mother who was his inspiration to join music. His favourite album of all time in his collection is Surrender. He also talks about his life in drugs, moving from famous to not famous and more.

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Listen to the interview below.

Jazz legend Jonathan Butler to perform in Kenya

One of Africa’s greatest jazz artistes, Jonathan Butler will be the headline act in this year’s Safaricom International Jazz Festival. The 54-year-old South African jazz legend will perform at the event slated for February 22 at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi, alongside other local artistes among them the Swahili Jazz Band led by Juma Tutu. Butler, a renown singer-songwriter and guitarist, has 22 albums under his belt. Racial segregation and poverty during the infamous Apartheid in South Africa, have made up many of his records.

Nevertheless, his first single made history after it became the very first song by a black artiste to be played by white radio stations in the racially segregated nation. The single earned a Sarie Award, South Africa’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

In 2006, Butler was a featured vocalist on the album Gospel Goes Classical, produced by Henry Panion, a music professor at University of Alabama in Birmingham. The recording rose to number two on the Billboard Gospel chart and number three on the Classical Crossover chart. Butler himself was nominated for a Grammy Award for his single Going Home the same year. Two years later, he appeared as a guest star on George Duke’s album Dukey Treats, on the track ‘Sudan’ which talked about the humanitarian disasters of Darfur.

His albums include Introducing Jonathan Butler, Inspirations, 7th Avenue, Deliverance, Heal Our Land, Surrender, Worship Project and his latest Living my Dream released last year. He previously performed in Kenya in 2010.


Safaricom slashes roaming rates for 21 countries

Safaricom customers will now enjoy lower roaming rates for calls, SMS and Internet in 21 countries, CEO Bob Collymore has said.

Making the announcement on Friday, Collymore said the aim is to provide its subscribers with affordable services wherever they go.

“We always place the needs of our customers at the forefront of our business. We have aggressively lobbied countries and our partners to ensure our subscribers can enjoy the same reliable communication services they have come to know in Kenya when they travel at significantly reduced rates,” he said.

The new tariffs will see Kenyans pay Sh200 for up to 10 minutes of talk-time, Sh10 per SMS, and 10MBs of internet data in the countries whose local telecommunication firms have partnerships with Safaricom.

They include Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mozambique.

To access information on the charges in specific countries, PostPay customers can dial *200# and PrePay *100#, then select ‘Products & Services’ followed by ‘Safaricom Roaming’ and follow the prompts.


Safaricom gets contract for security camera’s

The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government today signed a landmark agreement with Safaricom that will see the roll out of a first-of-its-kind National Surveillance, Communication and Control System, for Nairobi and Mombasa.

The contract signing ceremony for the agreement took place today at Harambee House and was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph Ole Lenku; Amb (Dr.) Monica Juma, Principal Secretary, Interior, Dr. Kamau Thugge, Principal Secretary, National Treasury; David Kimaiyo, Inspector General and Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO.

The development effectively means that Safaricom can now embark on the process of building the secure communications and surveillance network. The solution will also include the installation of cameras in the two cities to provide real-time footage to the National Police Operations Centre.

The Cabinet Secretary Mr. Lenku said the secure communications and surveillance project would greatly enhance security in the country by providing security agents with the capability to monitor and deter crime.

“In July, the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security approved the award of the project to Safaricom, setting the stage for today’s announcement. We believe that the level of scrutiny provided over the last five months by the National Assembly and Public Procurement Oversight Authority, among others, is sufficient.

We are keen to see the project go live as soon as possible,” said Amb. Juma. On his part, Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore indicated that this was a pioneering achievement, not just for Kenya, but also for Africa.

“Over the next 18 months, Safaricom will build an intelligent solution that harnesses the power of technology to enable law enforcement officers effectively coordinate and deploy their resources in response to threats to national security and, indeed, emergency situations requiring the interplay of competencies from the National Police Service and various disaster response teams.”

Upon completion, the system will be operated by the National Police Service under the expertise of a core project team comprising senior officers from the National Police Service and communications experts.

The project gets underway following the receipt of all relevant approvals required to complete the installation and management of a communication and surveillance system to help combat crime.

Under the terms of the 5 year agreement, Safaricom will undertake the completion of the KSh14.9 billion project (exclusive of taxes) at its cost and thereafter hand over the operations of the system to the National Police Service.

As part of the agreed terms, the Government will enjoy the use of the service at no cost for the first year of its operation and the Government will only start paying for the solution through a series of annual installments commencing in 2016.

Safaricom revises Mpesa charges downwards

Telecommunications giant Safaricom has reviewed downwards the amounts charged to transfer cash on its mobile money platform MPESA.

As from 21st August 2014, subscribers will see transaction fees reduced by up to two thirds for transfer amounts ranging between Sh10- to Sh1, 500. It currently costs between Sh3 and Sh66 to send amounts within this range.

The operator has also rationalized tariffs for sending amounts exceeding Sh1, 501 to an average of 0.8% percent of the transaction value.

CEO Bob Collymore says the revision is in tandem with usage trends with close to two thirds of all person to person transactions on the platform being within the Sh10 – Sh1500 band.

All other tariffs will remain unchanged.

Safaricom Expects to Complete Purchase of YU Mobile Within Months

Safaricom Ltd., East Africa’s biggest mobile phone company, expects its joint acquisition of rival yumobile to be completed within months at a cost of about $120 million, Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore said.

Objections to the deal raised by Kenya’s communications-industry regulator have been withdrawn and the Nairobi-based company expects to submit the transaction for approval to the country’s competition authority soon, Collymore said today in an interview at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

“I am hoping we can close this in a couple of months,” he said.

Safaricom, 40 percent owned by Vodafone Plc (VOD), and Airtel Kenya Ltd., a unit of New Delhi-based Bharti Airtel Ltd., announced plans in March to buy yumobile, Kenya’s third-biggest network operator that’s owned by Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd. Safaricom, which is based in Nairobi, will take over Essar’s network base stations and transmission equipment.